Employee Spotlight: Jason Riordan

Jason RiordanOne of the more multi-faceted jobs in construction is project management. Project management includes knowing what it is to be a superintendent, knowing how to estimate, and requires some accounting experience. Who better to take on the responsibility of being a project manager than Jason Riordan.

Jason graduated from Rockhurst University with a Bachelor’s degree in Accounting and Economics, Suma Cum Laude.  He came from Freddy’s Frozen Custard & Steakburgers and Panera Bread where he oversaw the construction of 5 new stores, 13 tenant finishes and the addition of 4 remodels and drive-thrus. He had 12 years of construction experience.

Since Jason has been on board, his role of project manager has included the construction of a school, an athletics facility, a propane truck facility and his current project of a senior living facility.

Jason loves the fact that Straub provides the tools to be successful and persists in doing things the right way. Having the ability to take ownership of what he does allows him to feel free to be himself.

The family environment is very appealing to Jason especially now that he and his wife Shannon will be welcoming a son in September.

Some of us dream about going to Disney World or Disney Land just once, but being a kid at heart, Jason has been there ten times! I bet he can’t wait until his son is old enough to appreciate the Magical Kingdom. Jason is also a huge Royals fan along with baseball in general. You can tell when you walk into his office. He also loves going to the lake and working on his house.

Jason’s favorite quote which hangs in his office is “It is never too late to be what you might have been.” – George Eliot

Teamwork! – Easter Seals Midwest

Easter SealsThere’s no better way to wrap up the summer than to spend a weekend giving back to the community!

Along with the help of Straub’s Volunteer Committee, summer interns Sarah Matthews, Logan Stark and Randal Chushuk spent the past couple of weeks planning a volunteer workday to help out the Easter Seals Midwest Early Education Center in Pleasant Valley, Missouri.

The Easter Seals organization specializes in the care of children with health needs and developmental delays.  The early education center offers services such as customized care for children with autism, as well as physical, speech and occupational therapies. Easter Seals was introduced to the committee through Paul Hinds (veteran Straub estimator), who knows one of the children that is involved in their autism program.

Easter SealsSome of the volunteer opportunities included installing a pergola, building planter boxes, installing a half door, building a car seat holder and some other miscellaneous tasks around the center. After a couple of weeks of planning, coordinating and having Dale Lutz, (a Straub carpenter) pre-build some materials, we were able to hit the ground running. We were lucky enough to get a nice day and had a great group of volunteers to help with everything.

A few volunteers spent Friday afternoon pouring concrete footings for the pergola and the rest of the group came early on Saturday to finish things up. We split up to tackle all the tasks that we were given, and after spending a few hours on site Saturday, we were able to finish up the job. It was a rewarding day to spend time giving back to others and sharing the effort with some great people!

A special thank you to Sarah, Logan and Randal for organizing and planning the day, Hermes Landscaping, for donating materials, and a big thank you to Dale and all of those that volunteered!

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Employee Spotlight : James Mowdy

James MowdyJames Mowdy is our site superintendent on The Gardens of Northgate Village – Phase 4. This project is an independent senior living project being developed by the Rainen Companies at N. Oak Trafficway and NE 32nd St. in North Kansas City, Missouri.

James grew up in Durant, Oklahoma. His first job was building a parking garage in downtown Dallas. He was a union iron worker for 14 years and has been in construction for the past 29 years. Construction has always been his first choice as a profession.

Reflecting on what he appreciates about Straub Construction, James had this to say:

“Straub gives employees the tools to do their job so they can succeed. They leave no stone unturned and if you need help, all you have to do is ask for it. I haven’t met a Straub employee that wasn’t proud of his or her job. The best thing I like about Straub is they are always trying to improve and are not afraid to try something new.”

In his spare time, James enjoys spending time with his family and church and also boating, camping and fishing. He has four children and four grandchildren. James appreciates movies like Tombstone and Unforgiven because they have “grit”.

His favorite quote is: “Never look down on someone unless you are helping them up.”

It’s great to have James on our team!